Ahhh good to be home again. E3 is over and now I can sit down and collect my thoughts on all the games I’ve seen and developers I’ve spoken to over the past three days. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Who wants to hear about WAR?! Well let me first say that I’ll be releasing tons of content over at the Vault probably later tonight or tomorrow depending on when it’s put up.
I’ll start by giving you a rundown of how the day went.
Graev and I headed to the convention center a little early this morning (about 30 minutes early) to check out a few games and just chill outside of the EA room. On our way to the EA room we crossed paths with Paul Barnett and Josh Drescher! We stopped and greeted each other for a minute and then continued on to the EA room. Paul mentioned something about looking for Batman swag (I hope you got some Paul! SoE had a cool Bat signal pen). About 10 minutes later Paul and Josh walked up to the EA room and talked with us again. This time they were joined shortly after by Jeff “the” Hickman and the party was complete. This lasted about 20 minutes before it was time for us to go in for our EA appointment.
As we were entering Mark Jacobs walked up at the same time and we introduced ourselves to him. When I said to him “Hi, my name is Doug Lundberg” I didn’t see any reaction from him. Then I mentioned “I’m Keen or MeanKeenLurikeen” and I got a reaction. “Ohh, you’re Keen!” he said. Woot! Mark Jacobs knows of me. /nerd moment. After the introductions he walked us in personally to Mythic’s area of EA’s room and presented us to Adam Gershowitz. Adam spent the next 30 minutes demoing the game for us and showing us tons of great things. I’ll be writing up all those details in my article for the Vault but let me just say…. OMG the game is awesome guys. It’s come so far and words don’t describe the pure and simple joy I’m feeling that WAR is turning out to be everything I had ever hoped.
After the demo I spoke with several other devs and then was told that Mark Jacobs would answer any questions I had for him. For me this was my opportunity to get to know the guy a little bit more and ask him some of the questions that you (my readers) and the community wanted to know. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t have enough questions for him since Adam Gershowitz answered over half of them in the demonstration of the game but nevertheless my interview with mark lasted 36minutes and 15 seconds. I’ll include the info of the interview for you guys in my Vault coverage and probably take my time transcribing it for later.Â I have a whole new level of respect for Mark.Â Â He’s such the opposite of arrogant like some people think.Â He’s incredibly honest and one of those people you know are “real”.Â He cares about WAR – that much is unmistakable to me.Â Â It was a pleasure getting to meet and talk to him.
After all the WAR stuff we had some time to look around at the rest of the games. I really couldn’t take my eyes off WAR except to get a demonstration of SPORE from one of the Maxis devs. ANOTHER awesome game that I’ll talk more about later when I’ve had more than 30 seconds to breathe.
I have all this information swimming in my head and I almost don’t even know where to begin. I need to sit down and get to work on my writeups that way you guys actually have information and not just me saying how awesome it all is… btw, did I mention how awesome WAR is?